Skin is the biggest organ of the body. It is exposed to tolerate all the hardships and cruelty of nature. The climatic changes, pollution, sunlight, chemicals etc contribute to damage the skin as a constant process. If you leave your skin on the risk of these factors, what you get is a rough and dull skin. It not only looks awful but also makes you look ten years over your age.

The most common skin problems that we face over the time vary. However, both male and females can have them. From puberty to old age, skin keeps on renewing. Acne, dull skin, rough skin, dryness, oily skin, pimples, eczema, dark patches, fine lines, and wrinkles are only a few of the commonly heard problem. The more severe problems arise from these common skin problems which can only be medically treated.

So what can you do to prevent it? The first thing which can help you is “diet”, a second is “exercise” and third is “lifestyle changes”. After these three things come to the supplements, creams, lotions, serum and beauty treatments. The first and most important thing is “food”. By this food, we don’t mean the general food but specific food items which are good for your skin. When the weather is changing, you must change your diet habits too so that your skin doesn’t have to suffer for anything. What to eat and what not to eat is a question which many of us don’t know. This article is a short review of 10 best superfoods which have the highest impact on the skin. If you add up these food items in your routine,  you will get a fair skin which is perfectly hydrated. Even if you have a skin problem, these super foods can help.

Here is a list of 10 super foods to make your skin fair and radiant.

  1. Grapefruits

Grapefruit is one of fruit which so many health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins especially vitamin C. Grapefruit helps to make the skin fair and glowing. The free radicals are removed by the rich antioxidants of it. Another vital component of it is potassium which helps to reduce the aging signs i.e. fine lines, dark patches, wrinkles.

How To Take It?

Eat one grapefruit a day. You can even take grapefruit juice in morning with breakfast. Grapefruit is so beneficial that you can even make a homemade mask from it. Take one spoon grapefruit juice, one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon oatmeal powder. Apply it on the face and let it dry. Wash it by scrubbing and clean with a dry towel. Use this for at least two weeks to observe a bright complexion.

  1. Lemons

Fresh lemons provide benefits for skin and metabolism.  Lemon is a natural bleaching and skin lightening agent. Like grapefruit, it has high amounts of vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants in it.

How To Use It?

Squeeze half lemon to one glass luke warm water. Drink it on an empty stomach for better results. It will not only make your skin glow but also reduce weight. Add honey to enhance flavor. You can also add few drops of lemon to herbal tea. Or apply the diluted lemon juice on the skin with a cotton swab. Wash it after fifteen minutes. Never use concentrated lemon juice directly to the skin.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are underrated fruits for their benefits. Not many people like the sour and bitter taste of blueberries so generally the benefits are not commonly known to all. Blueberries have high numbers of antioxidant. The unique bioactive compounds of blueberries make complexion fair and save the skin from premature aging.

How To Use It?

Blueberries are small berries which you can either eat alone or add to recipes. Add blueberries to your cereal bowl, yogurt or salad. You can also make blueberry toppings for cupcakes, pancakes, and pastries.

  1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a carrier oil which absorbs in the skin and protects it. Especially when the weather is changing, regular use of olive oil makes the skin bright and hydrated.  It has minerals, fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to heal the skin from inside.  The natural elasticity of the skin is enhanced with olive oil.

How To Use It?

Try to use olive oil in place of your regular cooking oil. If you can’t substitute this, at least make all your salad dressings in olive oil. Always use extra virgin olive oil for salads.

You can also rub olive oil directly to the skin, both face, and body. It moisturizes and nourished the skin from inside. Wipe the extra oil with a napkin.

  1. Avocado

For centuries, avocados are considered as a “beauty enhancing fruit”. Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C and E. All these vitamins nourish the skin. For which avocado is helpful to make skin beautiful, even in changing the weather. They also prevent aging and make you look young and fresh again.

How To Use It?

Try to add avocados to your salads. If you don’t want to eat it, you can directly use them on your skin. Mash one avocado and add one tablespoon honey into it. Apply this to your face and leave for fifteen minutes. Wash it with water and clean with dry towel. Use this mask daily for two weeks and observe the difference in your skin.

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have high amounts of antioxidants which purify and clean the body and skin. Once the toxic chemicals and free radicals are removed, your skin renews itself. In that way, tomatoes help to purify the skin with a glow. Make sure you use fresh tomatoes and not the processed ones. Food items i.e. tomato ketchup with tomatoes may not provide all these benefits which fresh tomato can provide.

How To Use It?

You can add tomatoes to many salad recipes. Grill tomatoes to go by the side of your steak platter. Even the tomato juice in water is very healthy. Other than eating tomatoes, you can use tomato juice in the homemade mask. Tomato juice will give the instant glow to the skin and reduce the skin marks.

  1. Carrots

Carrots are a rich source of vitamins like vitamin A and antioxidants which are required by the body for overall health. For skin, eating carrots prevent almost all skin problems. These problems include pigmentation, dark patches, pimples, open pores, and wrinkles. Carrots also prevent the skin from drying and reduce the damage caused by UV rays.

How To Use It?

Add carrots to your healthy smoothie. Carrot juice can also be taken separately or in 1:1 proportion with orange juice for flavor enhancement.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Who thought chocolate could be beneficial for the skin? Chocolate is always considered as a snack which makes you fat with no benefit. The reality is different. Chocolate helps the skin to retain hydrated. IT reduces the UV ray damage to the skin. However, for the benefits, chocolate must be at least 60% cocoa.

How To Use It?

Add a few bars of 60% or more cocoa dark chocolate in your purse or drawer. Use it as a mid meal snack. You can also eat it when you feel lethargic, it will immensely boost your energy level.  Chocolate can also be used in smoothies, milk shakes etc.

  1. Green Tea

Green tea is always associated with weight loss. The best part of green tea is that it is not just helpful for the weight but also for the skin. Green tea fight against free radicals of the body. In this way, green tea improves complexion and makes you look fresh.

How To Use It?

Boil green tea leaves in water, add honey and lemon drops for enhancing flavor. Use it twice a day. You can even make a mask by adding honey to crushed green tea leaves. Use it for ten minutes and wash.

  1. Almonds

Almonds are rich vitamin E food. The second powerful ingredient is antioxidant which can work like a miracle for the skin. Eating almonds will make your skin fair and radiant.

How To Use It?

Eat a handful of almonds as mid meal snack. You can also add them to salads, smoothies, milkshakes and other recipes. You can use almond oil for face and body both. It gives a healthy glow to the skin. You can also add ground almonds in face mask at home. Add almond powder, milk, and gram flour and make a paste. Apply this on the skin for fifteen minutes and wash with water.

 

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